Meet Penny the Emperor Penguin, 2021's Fall Product Mascot
Penny is here to champion girls to RISE UP to life's challenges in order to pursue their goals!
Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles' Fall Product Program is the perfect opportunity for girls to start building their entrepreneurial, communication, and teamwork skills! Kick-off the Girl Scout year with troop-bonding fun that (bonus alert!) generates essential funds to support troop activities through the sale of nuts, candy, and magazine subscriptions to Girl Scout friends and family. Ready to join the fun? Talk to your troop fall product chair about participating today!
Penny is here to champion girls to RISE UP to life's challenges in order to pursue their goals!
Every Girl Scout can participate, whether she's in a troop or a Juliette (independently registered)!
Five Skills Girls Learn through the Fall Product Program:
In addition to these important business and life skills, girls will also learn philanthropy through the Gift of Caring program.
Benefits for Troops: Earn Funds for Activities
The GSGLA Fall Product Program is the perfect opportunity for troops to kick-off the Girl Scout year with a fun team-building activity that also generates essential funds to support troop activities. Also, new troops that have no resources in their treasury can quickly earn money to fund their needed uniforms, Journey Books, and Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.
Troops retain a full 25% of the purchase price of all Trophy Nut products and 20% of the purchase price of M2 Media Group magazine sales. Plus, girls can earn patches and other fun rewards. Make sure your troop is participating in the fall product program!
Based on scheduling, your service unit fall product chair or troop fall product chair (as applicable) reserves the right to adjust up any due date or time to make sure she/he/they are able to meet her/his/their deadline. If you have any questions, please consult your service unit fall product chair or troop fall product chair (as applicable).
Aug 20 – Sep 18
Troop fall product chairs (TFPC) attend their service unit’s training.
Deadline for girls to send 15+ valid emails to
qualify for email-related awards (includes 15+ for Combo
Order-taking ends (order card and online).
Parents (or troop fall product chair) enter order card orders
in M2OS by 9 pm.
finalize orders in M2OS by 9 pm.
review/finalize orders in M2OS by 9 pm.
Nov 12 - Nov 14
Trophy Nut order delivery to service units and
distribution to troops (dates/locations vary).
Nov 13 - Nov 21
Direct sales via lemonade stands and
residential walkabouts ONLY.
Fall product program ends.
Last day for troops to enter allocations of product to girls for rewards and enter troop-to-troop transfers. Due into M2OS no later than 9 pm.
Last day to submit any Debit Adjustment Request forms.
Last day for service unit fall product chairs to review GOC, allocations, and complete troop-to-troop transfers. Deadline of 9 pm.
|Troop ACH Debit.|
Troop ACH Credits.
Girl Scouts have the opportunity to send emails to family and friends, inviting them to support their product sales efforts by purchasing a wide variety of products (beyond those on the order card) — nuts, chocolates, and magazines/other subscriptions online!
Manage online store at her virtual office
Build their own avatar, with a cool new feature this year!
Girls can earn a patch of their customized avatar!
Customers can have products shipped or delivered
Talk to your troop fall product program chair and ask how to get started today! The M2OS online program makes it even easier for girls to fundraise for their troops while learning how to utilize technology as a tool. Girls just need to register online, create their personalized avatar, and enter email addresses of friends and family. With just a few clicks of your keyboard, you can reach all your customers, making you an online entrepreneur! M2OS is mobile-optimized, so you can create your avatar, send emails, etc., on your tablet or smartphone.
When your troop sells products through Gift of Caring, the product is not physically picked up by the customer or the troop. This is why it is described as a virtual donation. Here are the steps for participating in Gift of Caring (for in-person orders):
Fall Product Program Gift of Caring Partners
All Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Gift of Caring partners are registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.
Penny the Emperor Penguin Contest
Fall Product Program participants are eligible to enter to win this year's program mascot: a giant, stuffed Penny the Emperor Penguin!
We have two giant plush Pennys to give away! To enter, Girl Scouts must meet the following requirements:
1. Create a personalized Avatar on M2
2. Send 15+ valid emails through the M2 storefront by October 15, 2021.
3. Upload a personalized video to M2 and talk about the Gift of Caring (GOC) program.
4. Upload a personalized voice recording onto M2
*Contest entries must be submitted via gsglavolunteerapps.org/fallproductcontest/ and will be entered into a random drawing to win a plush Penny of your very own. GSGLA’s Product Program team will pick two winners at random at the end of the program.
Easily collect online payments for your troop or service unit with Cheddar Up!
GSGLA wants to make your life just a little bit easier! We've partnered with Cheddar Up—the leading group payments platform—to give your troop or service unit an easy tool to collect payments (and forms and information) for troop and service unit expenses online with ease at no cost to the collector. Learn more and get started.
To access the Troop Fall Product Chair Training, Quiz, and
resources, such as the Troop Fall Product Chair Guide, you will need
to log into gsLearn:
In gsLearn, you will also be able to access Product Program Chair Resources (which you can return to anytime during the Fall Product Program).
Training Webinars and Presentations
Troop Forms - Agreements
Troop Forms - General
Troop Forms - Financial
Service Unit Forms
Peanut Butter Penguins, Spicy Cajun Mix, Dark Chocolate Mint Trefoils, oh my! All this and more! There's something for everyone!
Why do a fall product program?
It’s quick, it's easy, and it’s a fun way to help your troop/group
earn those much-needed start-up funds. Earn money for registration,
troop materials, etc. Plus, the program offers some fun
What rewards can Girl Scouts earn this year?
10 units - Participation patch
25 Units - Penguin Patch
50 Units - Penguin Necklace
75 Units - Baby Penguin Plush
100 Units - Penguin Charm and Bracelet OR Clipboard Set
125 Units - Tie Dye Kit
25+, 50+, 75+, 100+, 125+ Units - Charm (at highest level sold)
10 GOC Units - Gift of Caring charm
15 Valid emails sent by Oct. 15 - Online charm
Create avatar and send 15+ valid emails sent by Oct. 15 and $300 in combined nut and magazine sales - earn custom avatar patch
Create avatar and send 15+ valid emails sent by Oct. 15 and $175 in combined nut and magazine sales in 2021 and 260 cookie packages sold in 2022 - earn 2021 Fall / 2022 Cookie combined patch.
Troop reward: Troop PGA of 55 units - $10 per selling girl deposited
in Troop account.
Can our troop opt out of recognitions/rewards?
There is no opt-out option for the fall product program.
What are the troop training dates for the 2021 GSGLA Fall Product Program?
Troops will be trained in August/September and dates will vary by service unit and region. Please contact your service unit manager, service unit fall product chair, service delivery specialists or regional product program manager for details.
What Trophy Nut products are available for this year’s program?
There are 16 nut varieties for 2021:
When is the initial order period?
Initial order-taking begins Sept. 24 and orders (order card and online) must be submitted/entered by Oct. 24 at 9 p.m.
When and where is initial order delivery?
Initial order delivery is Nov. 12-14. Locations vary by region and you will be informed of your location at training.
Why am I getting a Prop 65 warning when I place an online nut/candy order?
Proposition 65 is a California law that requires a "clear and reasonable warning" to consumers for products that contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. For details, click here.
Will we use a software system for ordering, calculating sales, and girl recognitions?
Yes, the software system is called M2OS. It can handle both nut and magazine orders. September training dates will be posted on the GSGLA website (www.girlscoutsla.org).
Will an ACH (Automatic Clearing House) system to collect funds be due to council?
Yes, the debit will be on Dec. 3, so make sure you have sufficient funds to cover the amount due at least seven days before this debit date. Processing times for deposits vary; do not wait until the day before the debit is scheduled to deposit money into your troop account; you should be depositing promptly and frequently and encouraging your parents to be turning over funds they/their daughter have/has collected promptly and frequently.
If I am a Juliette, can I still participate in the fall program?
Yes. Reach out to the product program manager in your area so she can put you in touch with the service unit fall product chair nearest you.
Will there be a fall Gift of Caring (GOC) program?
Yes, customers may make monetary GOC donations (in $6 increments). GSGLA will then purchase nuts to be sent to the LAX USO, local food banks through the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, and Operation Gratitude. Gift of Caring receipts are available for those that request one.
What about the magazine portion of the sale?
All magazine orders are taken online. When a girl (with her parent) sets up her storefront in M2OS she will be emailing family and friends about her sale. A link in that email will direct her customers to her store where they can choose to order nut/candy products and/or order/renew magazine subscriptions. For magazines, the troop will receive 20% of the total dollar amount sold. This portion of the program is linked directly with the nut/candy portion, she doesn’t need to do anything different when setting up her storefront, her customers will be sent links to both shopping areas.
Do I need to participate in both the Fall Product Program and Cookie Program in order to do any additional money earning events/projects? What is the current participation definition?
Additional Money Earning
Beginning with the 2021 Fall Product Program, the participation definition has been updated to the following in order for a troop to do any additional money earning projects:
Troops and girls must participate in both council-sponsored product programs to be eligible to do additional money earning projects. Participation is demonstrated by the girls learning or enhancing the 5 Skills, and contribution towards the support of program activities for Girl Scouts throughout the Greater Los Angeles council. Participation is defined by 50% of the registered girls in the troop both earning the Participation Patch and meeting or exceeding the emails-sent reward requirement for each council-sponsored product program (emails must be sent through the applicable vendor software to qualify).
The 2021 Fall Product Program and 2022 Cookie Program Participation patch and emails-sent requirements are defined as:
Fall Product Program = 10 units per girl (nuts/candy product = 1 unit each; magazine order = 2 units each) and 15 emails sent through M2OS.
Cookie Program = 24 packages of cookies per girl and 15 emails sent through Digital Cookie.
Senior/Ambassador Gold Award Girls
A Senior/Ambassador Girl Scout earning her Gold Award must participate in the council-sponsored product programs, earn the participation patch, and send 15 emails through our vendor platforms in both programs in order to do any additional money earning projects needed to support her Gold Award project.
NOTE: Troop participation to support girls working on Gold Award projects with money earning components is encouraged; however, it is not required that 50% of the registered girls reach the participation level defined above.
I understand there is a service unit bonus. What is that?
We know you have big plans to support your troops next year, but may be a little short on funds to do that. Here’s an answer. Set a service unit goal of at least 45 units per girl selling and organize your team on how to achieve it. Service units that have a 55% participation rate AND have a Per-Girl Average (PGA) of 45 units or higher, will receive proceeds per number of units sold.
Example: If in 2021 a SU had 200 girls registered as of Oct. 1, 2021 and 110 girls participated, their participation is 55%.
|PGA SU||SU earns/unit|
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